Marsha Mehran was born in Tehran, Iran on November 11, 1977. She migrated with her family to Argentina in 1979 at the time of the Iranian Revolution. She later lived in the United States, Australia, and Ireland. Her first novel, Pomegranate Soup, was published in 2005. Her other works included Rosewater and Soda Bread, Pistachio Rain, and The Margaret Thatcher School of Beauty. She died on April 30, 2014 at the age of 36.